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Romelu Lukaku’s time at Man Utd is over, says Andy van der Meyde

By James Richards

Published: 14:07, 23 June 2019

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will leave Old Trafford this summer, according to former Inter winger Andy van der Meyde.

Van der Meyde has suggested that the Belgian striker’s “time in England is over” as reports of a move to Serie A gather pace.

Will Lukaku join Conte at Inter? Five things to know…

  1. Inter are looking to back new manager Antonio Conte in the transfer market.
  2. Lukaku has hinted in the past that he’d like to test himself in Italy.
  3. The striker scored 15 times for Manchester United in all competitions in the 2018/19 season.
  4. United failed to secure Champions League football after finishing sixth in the Premier League.
  5. Former Inter star Van der Meyde thinks Lukaku is heading to Inter this summer.

Manchester United have a lot of work to do if they want to return to the top-four of English football following a disappointing campaign in 2018/19.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been charged with the task of rebuilding the squad, which could still see a number of high profile names depart.

Not only is Paul Pogba seemingly keen on an Old Trafford exit after revealing his desire to leave, but now Lukaku is being touted as another potential departure.

According to Inter’s former Dutch winger Van der Meyde, the striker is in the frame to move to the San Siro, where he would add significant firepower to the Nerazzurri front line.

“I’ll tell you what I think, not what he told me in front of the cameras. For that, I refer you to the episode [of my show] that will be broadcast in a few weeks,” he told FCInterNews.

“I think his time in England is over and he can move to another league like Serie A.

“On the other hand, Romelu’s message to one of your [Italian] TV stations in which he praises Conte by claiming that he is the best manager in the world is clear.

“But to avoid specific problems again, that is my personal opinion.”

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If Lukaku does join former-Chelsea manager Conte at Inter he would potentially be able to form a dangerous strike partnership with Mauro Icardi.

Van der Meyde added: “They could be a pair of deadly strikers. Unbelievable. Do you know how many goals they could score?”

Icardi’s future is uncertain but Van der Meyde is hopeful Inter’s ex-captain can return to the first-team fold and draw a line under his long-running contract saga.

“I think he is a very good player and he was a good captain. So the situation is a bit bleak.

“But this is football. The players come and go. The team is more important than the single athlete.”

Inter are expected to have a busy summer in the transfer market following the appointment of Conte. The Milan club finished last season in fourth place – securing Champions League football – but hope to improve and put an end to the dominance of Juventus on the domestic scene.